Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
(Klallam Language and Culture, K-12, Higher Ed, and Tribal Library)
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sherman Alexie on the Colbert Report ; and more

Debbie Reese of the American Indians in Children's Literature blog found this one. Sherman Alexie talks to Steve Colbert.

Yes, we have about a dozen Alexie items in the library, including a DVD of The Business of Fancydancing.

Don't you love all those visuals out there on the Web? On Youtube we ran into Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble's performance at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic opening ceremonies. The audio is also available at last.fm, but then you'd miss getting to see Tonawanda Seneca singer Sadie Buck chanting with all her might...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New DVDs

Last week the Education Director went to the National Institute for Tribal Libraries in Oklahoma, and came home with some new DVDs. In addition to the two pictured below, there's also "Shoshone Voices, Native Choices", which we don't have a cover image for (yet).

Beware: "Our Spirits Don't Speak English" will make you angry and it will make you cry, both at once.

Have we mentoned lately that we'd love it if you brought in any DVDs you have sitting around the house that you don't need to keep, and we could add them to the collection... A random selection of our DVDs is shown below. Or take a look at most of them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Mystery Solved

We have been wondering how we went from maybe 2000 items to more like 3500 items (3638 at the moment) in a year, when we only bought maybe a third that many items. Well, we ran out of money for buying materials a couple of months ago, but people keep giving us things and the collection keeps growing!

Thank you all very much. Keep those donations coming. The newest pile of wonderful books is shown below.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tulalip TV

Tulalip KANU TV 99 is available on the web as a Live Webstream. It displays in psychedelic colors on the library's computers. Perhaps it will look more normal on your home machines.

Thanks to Santa Ysabel Tribal Library for pointing this one out.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Saving Languages...

In yesterday's New York Times there was an interesting article about native languages, Its Native Tongue Facing Extinction, Arapaho Tribe Teaches the Young. Thanks to the American Indian Library Association (AILA) email list for pointing this one out.

Clicking around the AILA website's Other Resources page led us to another interesting web resource, American Native Press Archives and Sequoyah Research Center's Tribal Writers Digital Library.

There is so much out there...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

WebCam in the Neighborhood

It's not exactly scenic, but fairly close to right here if you are away and want to know what the weather is like: there are web cams at the airport. Scroll down, there's actually four of them; they update every 10 minutes.

There's also a webcam at the B&B at the bottom of Place Road. And a lot of other cameras around the area (more than there used to be...)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

What We Have

It's a moving target: right now there is a pile of donated materials—kid's books, music CD's, textbooks, etc.—that haven't been put in the database yet. But this minute, October 6, here is what we have:

  • total items, 3585
    • 2325 for kids
    • 1260 for adults
  • The adult items are about 80% culture and local interest topics.
  • The children's items are about 20% culture books, and the reading level breakdown is as follows:
    • 460    Culture books, all ages
    • 121    Beginning Readers
    • 527     Intermediate Readers
    • 636    Advanced Readers
    • 574    Middle School

P.S. The online catalog is always available.

P.P.S. Take a look at the kid's books that aren't in there yet (click for larger image):

OK. Can't resist. What We Have:*